Vermont Jury Awards $251,799 to Doctor after Trial

June 21, 2011

A Vermont jury has awarded $251,799 in damages to a physician who was allegedly promised a research fellowship in psychiatry that was later withdrawn.

Dr. Lari Young said Fletcher Allen Health Care fellowship program director Dr. Richard Bernstein recruited her in 2007 by telling her she could concentrate on research work. She said she was talked into resigning the fellowship after being assured a job at Vermont State Hospital that never materialized.

As a result, her lawyer says, her training was delayed by three years, costing her losses in salary she would’ve received once she entered the profession.

On Wednesday, an 11-person jury agreed to award the damages.

The Burlington Free Press reports that Young is now working on a fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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